Meet Cherine Anderson, a Jamaican actress, reggae/dancehall singer, songwriter and video director. She is most notable for her appearances in the movies “Dancehall Queen” and “One Love“, and also for the song”Kingston State of Mind“.
Cherine has worked with Grammy award winners Sly & Robbie, Sting, Wyclef Jean, Jimmy Cliff, and Michael Franti. She has contributed to several complilations until her 2006 debut single “Good Love“. Later on, she collaborated with the popular Chuck Fenda on the hit single “Coming Over“. The song went to number one on Jamaican Reggae charts, and became popular throughout the caribbean.
Cherine made her directorial debut in 2007 for her own “Kingston State of Mind” music video. The song received positive reviews on its thought-provoking concept, and remained in the top 10 for several months on various reggae charts. Wyclef Jean appeared on the remix of the single, and she opened for his 2007 tour in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. She later performed on Sly & Robbie’s North American tour that same year. Cherine went on to make a guest appearance on the 2007 album “All Rebel Rockers” by Michael Franti. In 2008, she embarked on a tour alongside Michael Franti and Spearhead, appearing as their opening act in North America, Australia, and throughout Europe. She continued to tour with them until 2009.
Anderson performed at The Green Ball, The Inaugural Peace Ball, and Rock The Vote/Calvin Klein Inaugural Party to commemorate President Obama’s inauguration. In 2009, she continued to perform at various music festivals, and in March 2009, she released her first EP, “The Introduction-Dubstyle“. The EP included her hits “Kingston State of Mind“, “Shine on Jamaica“, and the female anthem “Talk If Yuh Talking“.
In 2010, Cherine joined John Mayer on his Battle Studios North American tour. She has also toured with international known Counting Crows, Slightly Stoopid, and Augustana. Her energetic and passionate live shows are what draws the interest of music lovers and entertainers alike, requesting her presence on tours worldwide. She is described as a “truly strong vocalist on hardcore riddims with the ability and potential to surpass reggae audiences to reach the masses”. She is the first Jamaican vocalist to reach the Billboard Rock charts on the collaboration track “Say Hey, I Love You” with Michael Franti and Spearhead. The single is still available on iTunes for purchase after 52 weeks. She has made several appearances on international television shows, including the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and the Ellen DeGeneres Show. In 2010, Cherine was honored with the Best Female Vocalist of the Year award at the Jamaica Excellence in Music Awards.
Cherine is currently finishing up her debut full length studio album. She has stated “making music is like food to my soul. It’s powerful, it inspires me…I hope my music will inspire others to think, dance, laugh, but most importantly, to truly enjoy life.” Check out my favorite Cherine Anderson songs below: